The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has disclosed that the Federal Government will lift the lingering ban on Twitter soon.
Alhaji Mohammed made the disclosure to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister assured Nigerians that the faceoff with micro-blogging Twitter is almost over and the ban on its operation will soon be lifted.
On August 11, 2021, Mohammed, during a post-FEC briefing, had assured Nigerians the ban on Twitter would be lifted in a matter of days as both Nigeria and the company had already made considerable progress in their discussions then.
This is even as the ban entered 100 days on Tuesday with the economy reportedly losing as much as N246 billion.
Twitter had also said it had reached out to the government, assuring Nigerians that it had not stopped engaging the authorities on ways to resolve its ban in the country.
According to him, a lot of progress has been made in the ongoing dialogue with Twitter.
“I think even Twitter itself two days ago gave what I will call a progress report on our talks with them, and I think if I want to quote them rightly `it has been productive and quite respectful’.
“And as to the qualifying word for when or how soon, I want to assure you that the time that Twitter operation has been suspended, (I meant) between the time it has been suspended, and when it will be restored is by far, much, much shorter.
“That I can assure you that it is by far in other words, if the operation has been suspended for about 100 days now, I can tell that we’re just actually talking about a few, just a few more days now.”
The minister stressed that both parties were focused on reaching a conclusion on the matter.
“What we’re trying to do is the changes that have been going on, but we need to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’, but I can assure us that we’re not unmindful of the anxiety of Nigerians and both parties are working very hard to put a closure on the matter.
“And like Twitter itself said the changes have been very, very productive on both parties. It has not been advisory at all. And it’s quite respectful,’’ he said.